Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Culture | By Ray Hoffman

Glen Campbell Dies and the Tributes Pour In

Glen Campbell Dies and the Tributes Pour In

An influential singer, songwriter, musician, television host and actor, Campbell also had a lasting, if unintentional, impact on horseracing, providing the inspiration for the names of a number of horses through the titles of his popular songs. In 1968, he took home the CMA's Entertainer of the Year award.

Campbell's death at 81 came after a battle with Alzheimer's disease.

In 2005 Campbell was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Campbell cut the album in 2012 after completing a hard final tour, which was documented by the movie Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me. "You got it.' Glen Campbell".

He was also a victor for Grammy Awards for four times in the different pop categories.

In this July 27, 2011 photo, musician Glen Campbell poses for a portrait in Malibu, Calif.

I wasn't even a fan of Glen Campbell when I set up the phone interview with him in 2009, just before his June show at the Alberta Bair Theater. To recall, the legendary singer has also starred in different variety shows which include, "The Glen Campbell Good Time Hour" in CBS.

Campbell was awarded with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. "He was a secret weapon in the armory of Sixties record producers".

"Studies would suggest that people age 80 years and older, about 30 percent have dementia of the Alzheimer's type, and I think it gives us the opportunity to talk about the disease", Dr. Wright said. With the help of his children and admiring friends such as Willie Nelson, he released a final album in the spring of 2017, titled - simply - "Adios". He and his fourth wife Kim Woolen made his Alzheimer's diagnosis public in 2011. It was a farewell song to the people he loved, but with the message that he would be OK as the disease progressed. This was all despite Campbell being unable to read music.

Like the Goodbye Tour, the song is unique in the country canon. It opens with, "I'm still here/ But yet I'm gone".

Campbell was twice nominated for an Oscar, for "True Grit" and again 45 years later for "I'm Not Gonna Miss You", an original song from the documentary "Glen Campbell".

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